Hong Kong software developer Intisoft Asia plans to launch a certification authority (CA) in autumn in partnership with three other companies, according to Intisoft managing director Dominic Leung. The Intisoft CA, competing directly with a similar service to be offered by Hong Kong Post, will issue electronic identities to business and individuals, in principle making transactions more secure. The Hong Kong Government plans to license an unlimited number of CAs, in the hope that this will boost e-commerce in the city. Intisoft's partners will include South African company Thawte Certification and two listed Hong Kong companies, Mr Leung said, though he declined to name the Hong Kong companies. Intisoft, which is also developing Internet fax software, was founded about two years ago. The company's electronic identities or certificates will be offered free to individuals and will be available for download from the Internet, Mr Leung said. Revenue will come from sales of packages to companies wishing to use the certificates. 'For small- and medium-sized companies, there will be economies of scale and less customisation. For the larger enterprise market, there will be more customisation,' Mr Leung said. 'It depends - some value the technology, some not at all.' Intisoft already sells half the secured-socket layer certificates in Hong Kong, he said. These allow companies to assure their customers that information passed to and from their Web sites is scrambled and cannot be read by outsiders. Intisoft's sales are up 300 per cent year-on-year, Mr Leung said. Intisoft is in talks with potential partners and investors for its other product lines, Mr Leung said.